Friday, September 30, 2016

Line and Shapes and Abstract Art, Oh My!

This week in Kindergarten and 1st Grade we have been working with the basic elements of art, line, shape and color.  The artist Piet Mondrian is my favorite artist to start talking about lines and shapes and the primary colors. You can see why in his painting below.
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Please enjoy these paintings and collages from the Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes of Farrell, Mehfoud and Jernigan.
Ada

Sunny

Emily

Kaeden

Garret

Bella

Sydney

Alexa

Holden

Maria

Adlai

Willow

Maeve

Lilly

Libby

Miller

Julia

Friday, September 23, 2016

Picking Up STEAM in the Art Room

One of the buzz words in education is STEAM which is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Finally, the education world has begun to realize that the area of art is not just fluff! For many years, the education world attributed the importance of art education based solely on how it could be integrated with other content areas such as social studies, science, language arts, and math.  While that is true, art's bigger contribution was being overlooked.  When children participate in creating art, they are learning and honing the same skills they use in other content areas such as envisioning, exploring, engaging and persisting, observation, understand community, and reflecting.  Art has an equal importance in education as other content areas.

Based on this research, I have designated Fridays in the art as Free Exploration Day.  Using a variety of materials, students are instantly drawn into activities that invite them to create their own collaborative learning teams and their own problems to solve.  Children truly need the freedom to create their own learning situations so they can become more independent learners. Please enjoy these pictures of what happened in my classroom today.  Even Dr. Flo got in on the action! Featured are students from the classes of Hutton and Hancock.
















Friday, September 16, 2016

Jumping Into the Deep End

The school year is off to a fast start in the art room!  We are learning about artists, making sculptures and working with negative and positive space.

The 5th graders just finished working on a "collaborative paper sculpture" and the 4th graders have completed some really fishy negative and positive space art.  Check it out!










Liam

Cole

Michael E.

Dresden

Maggie

Anahi




Callum

Julianna

Emerson

Artist Unknown

Kendall